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Accrued leave during maternity leave

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by dessie82, May 3, 2011.

  1. Do teachers in Wales accrue leave whilst on matenrity leave? If so how do I go about getting this entitlement? Do I have to take it as leave or would I be entitled to a payback?
  2. Do teachers in Wales accrue leave whilst on matenrity leave? If so how do I go about getting this entitlement? Do I have to take it as leave or would I be entitled to a payback?
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I´d be very surprised indeed if any schoolteachers anywhere in UK got accrued leave while on maternity leave, since holidays for teachers are at set times. It´s not like working in the private employment sector in offices or similar where you get, for example, 5 weeks´ holiday per year and usually do accrue it during maternity.
    In the private sector you also usually get your holiday allowance extended if you are sick during a period when you are on leave. That doesn´t happen for schoolteachers either!
    I am carefully saying "schoolteachers" here, as things may well be different in some FE Colleges where the Silver Book Conditions of Service were lost many many moons ago.
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  4. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Things still aren't clear... but actually there have been some moves towards this occurring Griff.

  5. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    Yes, in the same way as everyone is legally entiteld to accrue leave at the statutory minimum rate.
    It's quite possible that you'll have already used it up before going on maternity leave. For example, if we presume that the leave year runs April to April, and you go on maternity leave in September, then you will have used up your 24... 28.. 30 - whatever number of days the legal minimum is these days - in the summer holidays. Alternatively, you might use them up in the summer after you came back.
    Either way, the only time any teacher might feasibly be entitled to some payback would be if they left teaching immediately after their maternity leave and somehow earnt more holiday than they'd used up in their final year's teaching. That's a very rare occurence, since we get around 3 times the statutory minimum holiday.
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I think that all 3 of us are saying the same thing in different ways. Yes you accrue it. But no you probably won't get it because the school holidays have taken it all up anyway . . . Tafkam, what happens with the unpaid maternity leave? That presumably cannot accrue paid holiday?
  7. dusty67

    dusty67 New commenter

    The legislation on this has changed, but I'm not clear on it.
    A colleague HT had a member of staff return from Maternity leave at the beginning of this academic year. HR instructed him to give her some paid leave during term time after her return. Its one of those things I keep meaning to clarify with HR because I've got a memeber of staff on mat leave at the moment.

    Best thing for the OP to do is ask thie rown HR department
  8. In Wales, no.
    In Scotland, yes.


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